Sebastian Vettel said he was surprised to be able to use intermediate tyres in the final part of qualifying despite a lengthy delay due to rain.
Vettel said it “took a long time for us to get out” in Q3, which was postponed by 40 minutes due to the amount of water on the track.
“There was a lot of rain after Q2, already at the end of Q2 and then we needed to wait,” said Vettel. “If there’s too much water on the track it’s a shame for the people who wait for us to come out but it’s too much water and the risk of aquaplaning is too high. And it took a long time.”
“And then got out, I was surprised by how much of the water had gone. Went straight on intermediates, was able to get a very, very good lap in straight away.”
Both of Vettel’s lap times on intermediate tyres at the end of the session were quicker than his rivals could manage.
“Tried to get in a second to try to beat that, it was very close, so with both my laps I was very happy,” Vettel continued. “Surprised by the margin, and when I was told I was very happy.”
“Great in these conditions to get it all right,” he added. “We had very little practice and still got the car where we wanted it to be in the end, so very happy.”
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